Posts Tagged "photography models"

A perfect portrait location?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Techniques, Travel | 0 comments

A perfect portrait location?

“Location, Location, Location”, we hear this phrase used continually when it comes to Real Estate. Quite often photographers get caught up with the same phrase and spend all their time looking for the perfect location. Unfortunately those people are most likely doing themselves a great disservice and will almost certainly be missing out on wonderful opportunities right in front of them. Obviously in landscape photography, location dictates a lot of what you are going to capture. So you will need to work within those confines in your efforts to make wonderful landscape photo’s (refer my previous blog post – Working a Scene – about ways to do...

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Learning one step at a time

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

Learning one step at a time

On a recent sunrise workshop I had plenty of time to work one on one with a new student to our group. At first we were a little bit disappointed that weather was not working in our favour but upon reflection this turned out to be a fantastic opportunity for us to focus our attention on some camera controls and one particular menu item that she did not understand. At the end of the workshop, I spoke to the student again and she mentioned that her takeaway item from the whole workshop was learning that menu item. She was rapt that there had been a chance to understand that menu function and to try each setting and see the effect on the photos. With so many magazines,...

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$10 to improve your portrait photos

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

$10 to improve your portrait photos

One of the lowest cost accessories I own and the one that gets used the most is my 5 in 1 reflector. This small easily portable device is with me on nearly every portrait shoot and very often with me when doing macro photography. For the very minimal layout (in photography terms) of $10, this handy light modifier has repaid me one hundred fold in the amount of times I have used it to get great shots.  The 5 in 1 reflector is a deceptively simple accessory, it comes in all shapes and sizes most of which fold down into a very small pouch that is easily portable. What you tend to find inside the pouch is a semi-rigid translucent panel, and a number of covers that can be...

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Learning to use flash

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Learning to use flash

At one time or another every photographer tries to use a flash with their equipment and generally that first use comes out a less than successful and we are left deflated at the perceived complexity of using flash. Just recently the team at OzLight completed the second run of our new course, Flash Portraits. This course is designed for the beginner and really helps to unravel a lot of those mysteries about flash and it use – all of the images in this post come from the course on the weekend. During the course we look at a number of the fundamentals at using a flash and look at ways to improve our images: Fundamental 1 – On camera flash. Quite often our first...

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Working with Models

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

Working with Models

When I sit back and reflect on my year that has been, it has been such a pleasure teaching our courses this year. Even as instructors we never stop learning and I must say one of the biggest takeaways from this year has been working with models (both professional and amateur) and learning from the way that both students and instructors interact with the models. We all often felt more comfortable with those landscape, wildlife or sporting (surfing) type of shots that do not require a lot of two-way interaction with your subject. Sure I can often be seen talking to a landscape at the critical time of sunrise, willing the clouds will move away or something similar. In most...

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